Three stunning moments from Barcelona's crushing win over AS Roma
La Liga champions Barcelona's official season opener Joan Gamper Trophy match against visiting Italian side AS Roma on Wednesday had all the makings of classic title decider, including a Lionel Messi head-butt. Here are the three things from the Camp Nou clash:
New Delhi: La Liga champions Barcelona's official season opener Joan Gamper Trophy match against visiting Italian side AS Roma on Wednesday had all the makings of classic title decider, including a Lionel Messi head-butt. Here are the three things from the Camp Nou clash:
1. Rarest of rare: Lionel Messi resorted to head-butt
Known for near perfect on-field attitude, Lionel Messi carries a cool demeanour even when at the receiving end of roughest tackles. But on Wednesday, the Barcelona talisman lost his cool and resorted to head-butting a la, Zinedine Zidane.
In a rare outburst, the Argentine superstar confronted Roma`s French international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. In the 35th minute of the first half, Messi aimed a head-butt at Yanga-Mbiwa, after the Roma defender tried his own head-butt at the play-maker. Messi, then, grabbed Yanga-Mbiwa's throat before the situation was diffused. Referee Javier Estrada Fernandez booked both the players. Messi has never been sent off for the club and his only red-card was way back in 2005, on his Argentina debut.
2. Ivan Rakitic screamer
Having already taken a two-goal lead against Roma, thanks to goals from Neymar and Messi in the first half, Barcelona were in full control. But a long range screamer from Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic stole the show at Camp Nou.
Rakitic, who has scored some important goals for the treble-winning team, struck a brilliant right footed long ranger from outside the box to beat a diving Wojciech Szczesny, who was playing his second match for the Serie A side since arriving from Arsenal on loan.
3. Barcelona's own Joan Gamper trophy
It is one of the most unusual trophies in football world, established in 1966 in honour of Joan Gamper - a founding member, player, and later president of the club - the competition is a compulsory fixture in Barcelona's annual footballing calnder.
Initially, it featured four teams, but 1997 onwards, it was reduced to a two-team fixture, with Barcelona as hosts. Barcelona have won it 38 times making it their own. German side FC Koln is the only other team to win the trophy more than once (2). Borussia Monchengladbach, Porto, Valencia, Manchester City and Sampdoria have also won the title as visitors.